Monthly News Archives: January 2020

HPU to improve campus experience with two major facility projects

BROWNWOOD – January 30, 2020 – Howard Payne University has announced the construction of an expansive new welcome center and renovations to the historic Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom building. Both projects will provide modernized facilities to benefit the university’s students, visitors and other constituencies.

The Newbury Family Welcome Center, named for the family of Dr. Don Newbury, 1961 graduate, president from 1985 to 1997 and current chancellor, will serve as an inviting entry point to campus and will be the first new construction project at HPU since 2001. The Academy renovation project revives an important landmark that has had limited use in recent years due to the need for extensive upgrades.

“Each of these important projects will help us in our vital mission to provide Christ-centered education,” said Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president. “Both represent a commitment by HPU to invest in the life of our campus community as well as the Heart of Texas area as we look to the future. These needed improvements are made possible by the continuing support of our alumni and friends.”

A groundbreaking ceremony for the welcome center will be held on March 31, with the building’s completion scheduled for August 2021. The building will be situated near the intersection of Austin Avenue and Center Avenue on HPU’s Old Main Park, where the university’s cherished original building once stood. Housed in the welcome center will be the Office of Admission, the Office of Alumni Relations, meeting spaces and more. A circle drive in front will provide easy access to visitors.

“The Newbury Family Welcome Center will provide a more spacious, inviting environment for us to host prospective students and other guests,” said Dr. Hines. “This new facility will help form a first impression equal to the high quality of our university. It also affords us the opportunity to honor the lives and legacy of Dr. and Mrs. Newbury and their family.”

The Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom building is the home of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. The Academy of Freedom is a major historical and cultural landmark for Brown County, consisting of the former main building of Daniel Baker College, dating back to 1890, while also housing a collection of General MacArthur’s personal artifacts and other historical exhibits. The renovation project will focus on the building’s main hall and wings, built in the 1960s, which will revitalize the facility for students, faculty and staff. The current renovations to the Academy of Freedom began in fall 2019.

“The Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom building is one of HPU’s most prominent academic facilities and has been a notable attraction for decades,” said Dr. Hines. “The building’s renovation renews its vitality for generations to come.”

More details about the projects will be made available as progress continues. Fundraising for both projects is ongoing. While the construction of the welcome center is nearly fully funded through the generosity of alumni and friends, opportunities to support the project in honor of the Newbury family are still available. To make a gift to either project, please visit www.hputx.edu/give or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 325-649-8009 or development@hputx.edu.

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Cutline #1: HPU’s Newbury Family Welcome Center will be located on Old Main Park, prominently situated next to Mims Auditorium and near the intersection of Austin Avenue and Center Avenue.

Cutline #2: HPU’s historic Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom building is the focus of an extensive renovation project.

HPU sophomore honored at Seattle Model U.N. competition

BROWNWOOD – January 28, 2020 – Howard Payne University’s Model United Nations team participated in the Northwest Model United Nations (NWMUN) conference in Seattle. Brenden Hough, a sophomore from Brownwood majoring in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and practical theology, was recognized as one of three “Distinguished Delegates” selected from a committee of 195 students.

Including HPU’s team of six, 700 students from 25 institutions located in the United States and Canada attended the conference.

Model United Nations takes current world issues and asks students, who represent various countries as delegates, to try to solve them through diplomatic means. Students learn the art of diplomacy through caucusing, writing position papers and presenting in formal settings, all while following the model of the United Nations. While HPU has participated in Model United Nations for many years, this was the team’s third trip to the NWMUN conference.

“Our students love competing at this conference and, through their participation, were able to bridge political gaps to reach some great solutions to international problems,” said Dr. David Claborn, professor of government at HPU and faculty advisor for the group.

HPU’s team was led by head delegates Charles Lewis, a senior from Boerne majoring in the Honors Academy and marketing, and Penny Stehlik, a senior from Round Rock majoring in the Honors Academy and social science with an emphasis in global studies. Other team members in addition to Hough were Sidney Ganus, a senior from Weatherford majoring in the Honors Academy and English language arts; Jacob Lehrer, a junior from Midland majoring in the Honors Academy and social science with an emphasis in jurisprudence; and Brad Ward, a senior from Live Oak majoring in history.

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HPU’s Model United Nations team competed in the Northwest Model United Nations conference in Seattle. Pictured are team members Charles Lewis, Penny Stehlik, Brad Ward, Sidney Ganus, Jacob Lehrer and Brenden Hough.

HPU graduates 90 students at fall Commencement ceremony

BROWNWOOD – January 15, 2020 – Howard Payne University awarded degrees to 90 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the fall 2019 semester.

Those receiving diplomas included August 2019 and December 2019 graduates. Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees. Dr. Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Baptist Church, delivered the charge to graduates.

Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Arlington

James Ryan Cook – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Austin

Travis Lynn Folmar – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Cody Tyler Hastings – Master of Business Administration

Matthew Richard Prall – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Bangs

Shannon Irene McNeill – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Michael Talon Taylor – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Beaumont

Rickey Andrew Guillory – Master of Business Administration

Djimonii Rai¢ Jackson – Master of Business Administration

Bridgeport

Jessica Leanne Meeks – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Brownwood

Bobbie Jo Anderson – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Bryan Dustin Bachus – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

Jordan Terrell Beasley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Thomas Alexander Bingham – Bachelor of Arts in Bible

Amanda Arleans Collins – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Lydia Melissa Conrad – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Matthew Jeffrey Davis – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education

Matthew Don Gomez – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Emmanuel Lee Jimenez – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Weston Drew Kirbo – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Magna Cum Laude

Cheyanne Denise Lovelady – Master of Business Administration

Katrina Dene Lynn – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Timothy Michael Murphy – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (personal trainer)

Rachel Mary Myers – Bachelor of Arts in cross cultural studies

Shantel Oplotnik – Bachelor of Science in social work

Austin James Robinson – Master of Science in criminal justice

Michael A. Westerman – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Eli David Williams – Bachelor of Arts in Biblical languages

Burleson

Eliajia Donnell Pruitt – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

Caddo Mills

Tabatha Marie Moore – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general), Cum Laude

Canutillo

Jazmin Susana Amezcua – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Childress

Chanda Kay King – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Cisco

Robert Devin Caraway – Bachelor of Science business administration and psychology (general), Magna Cum Laude

Camille Lindsey Webb – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Cleburne

Anna Elizabeth Goains – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Coleman

Murry Roy Clingerman – Master of Business Administration

Faye-Nita Lyn Norway – Bachelor of Arts in social work

College Station

Hannah Noel McCain – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Cross Plains

Joel Thomas Hinten – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

DeSoto

Levie Smith – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice (forensic science)

Early

Conner Mac Drew – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude

Dylan Scott Person – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 7-12)

James Douglas Turner – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude

El Paso

Victor Hugo Almanza – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Jeffrey Brewer – Master of Business Administration

Rose Anne Chavez – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Raquel Cowans – Master of Business Administration

Luis Martin Jimenez – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Sandra Saucedo – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Flatonia

Abraham Esteban Centeno – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (general)

Forney

Jarrid Wade Hawkins – Master of Arts in youth ministry

Gatesville

Madison Leigh Sims – Bachelor of Science in science (middle school: grade 4-8)

Goldthwaite

Jeffrey Gilbert – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Grandview

James Jarod Dowling – Bachelor of Music in music education (all-level certification)

Greenville

Jordan Alexandria Sweat – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Haslet

Kailey Rebekah Doering – Bachelor of Science elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Horizon City

Santiago Felipe Mejia – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Brenda Jeanette Palma – Master of Business Administration

Huntington

Jeremy Randell Batten – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Kennedale

Hailey Anne Green – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media), Cum Laude

Killeen

Haley Kristine Slater – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting

May

Jordan Dale Easterling – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Midland

Britt Thomas Boler – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Cum Laude

Eric Trey Haverstock – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Natalia

Hailey Stewart – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

New Braunfels

Chad Eric Campbell – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Melodee Lynne Carrier – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Genaro Garza – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Adelaide Anne Joralemon – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude

Eric Lehr – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice, Summa Cum Laude

Alison Leanne Posey – Master of Business Administration

Tina Rocha – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences business administration

Rakisha Williams – Master of Business Administration

Odessa

Larry Dwayne Potter – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 7-12)

Destiny Reyann Ramirez – Bachelor of Science elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Pasadena

Kyra Alyse Chapa – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media)

Plainview

Yancy Justyne Flores – Bachelor of Science in communication studies (public and media)

Plano

Troy Zachariah Moseley – Bachelor of Arts in history

Grant Michael Saltar – Bachelor of Music in music education (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Richardson

Scott Walton Wright – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general), Magna Cum Laude

Round Rock

Kailey Ann Cargill – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical psychology)

Jonathan Michael George – Bachelor of Science in engineering science

San Angelo

Juan Andres Luna – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Cum Laude

San Antonio

Marzena Marroquin – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Alexandra Irene Thompson – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Cum Laude

San Saba

Caelob Dane Hardman – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)

Hollee Anne Ragsdale – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Seguin

Shelli Suzanne De La Garza – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Trinity

Jade Elise Taylor – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Tulia

Bryce Wayne Shelton – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Woodsboro

Cory Dean Edwards – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

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Cutline: Dr. Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Baptist Church, delivers charge to graduates at HPU’s December 2019 Commencement ceremony.

HPU to host Congreso Experience event on Jan. 25

BROWNWOOD – January 14, 2020 – Howard Payne University is pleased to welcome Hispanic Baptist leaders, pastors and students for Congreso Experience, organized by the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT). The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, on the HPU campus.

The meeting will feature workshops, group activities and a worship rally, all designed to encourage Hispanic students from 7th to 12th grades in their education and spiritual walk.

“We are excited to host Congreso Experience here at HPU,” said Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president. “Christ-centered education is a vital mission of our university, so we are grateful for opportunities such as this – to support and encourage students as they learn new ways to serve the Lord.”

The event’s featured speaker is David Natividad, a 1998 HPU graduate and an education consultant based in San AngeloWorship will be led by Daniel Palacios, a 2016 HPU graduate who serves with youth at Clear Creek Community Church in League City. Victor Rodriguez, evangelism associate/discipleship specialist for Hispanic evangelism for the BGCT, will lead sessions for pastors. Sessions for youth workers will be led by Eric Hernandez, apologetics lead and millennial specialist for the BGCT.

Registration is for Congreso Experience free, but space is limited. Churches can register their students to attend at www.txcongreso.org.

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Photos are: David Natividad; Daniel Palacios; Victor Rodriguez; and Eric Hernandez.

Central Texas Community Band to begin rehearsals at HPU

BROWNWOOD – January 9, 2020 –The Central Texas Community Concert Band will begin rehearsing for the spring 2020 season on Monday, January 13. Rehearsals will be held at Howard Payne University’s Davidson Music Complex on Mondays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The band is composed of local high school students, college students, area musicians and older adults who still have the desire to play and make music.

Frank Nelson, assistant professor of music and director of bands at HPU, will lead the group along with several guest conductors from the area.

“It’s time once again to dust off that old clarinet or trombone and get back in the band,” said Nelson. “All are invited to come and be a part of this wonderful community project.”

The HPU Davidson Music Complex is located on the Howard Payne University campus. For more information, contact Nelson at 325-649-8502 or fnelson@hputx.edu.

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Heart of Texas New Horizons Band meeting hosted at HPU

An informational meeting for the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band was hosted at Howard Payne University’s Davidson Music Complex on Dec. 17. Topics of discussion included the schedule and location of rehearsals, and the benefits of music to the mind and body.

“We have a wonderful group of bright, enthusiastic seniors ready to launch into the new year and a new experience with the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band,” said Stephen Goacher, director of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band. “We are grateful to HPU School of Music & Fine Arts and to the grant from the New Horizons Music International Association for making this offering to our community possible.”

The band is open to adults who are at least 50 years old. No previous musical experience is required. Participation is free, thanks to an initiative by the HPU Department of Music and a grant from the New Horizons International Music Association. Individuals interested in joining the band may bring their own instrument. Instruments are also available for rent at Brownwood Music.

The band’s first rehearsal will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. Following the first rehearsal, the band will meet twice a week, at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. For more information about the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band, please contact Stephen Goacher at (325) 649-8167.

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Cutline #1: Stephen Goacher, director of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band and professor of music at HPU, speaks during an informational meeting for the New Horizons Band on Dec. 17.

Cutline #2: Pictured are prospective members of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band during the Dec. 17 meeting. From left to right are Frank Nelson, director of bands at HPU; Janet Chastain of Santa Anna; Jim Jackson of May; Betty Martin of Brownwood; Jodie Armstrong of Brownwood; Cayla Furry of Blanket; Bonnie Hascall of Coleman; Mary Dunn of Cross Plains; Stephen Goacher; and Charlene Perez of Brownwood.